TESSEL An Esie Mensah Film
Streaming Free Across Canada on June 1, 2021

An Affirmation of Unity Between 14 Black Dancemakers from across Canada

A national initiative conceptualized by Dora-nominated choreographer and creator Esie Mensah (Shades, A Revolution of Love), TESSEL explores the complexities of movement and voice as a form of resilience – and to achieve truth and honesty in sharing its participants’ lived experience as Black dance artists.  Premiering across the country on the one-year anniversary of Blackout Tuesday (June 1) – a day when organizations worldwide publicly expressed their commitment towards institutional change to support the Black community – the film aims to amplify Black voices by providing a platform for the artists to share their truths. Crimson Coast Dance is honoured to be supporting and co-presenting TESSEL along with a network of 21 Canadian performing arts organizations.

On June 1 TESSEL will be available for streaming FREE in Canada only by visiting tessel.film



  • Eugene “GeNie” Baffoe (Winnipeg)
  • Livona Ellis (Vancouver)
  • Kevin Fraser (Vancouver)
  • Alexandra “Spicey” Landé (Montréal)
  • Gabrielle Martin (Vancouver)
  • Esie Mensah (Toronto)
  • Raoul Pillay (Toronto)
  • Natasha Powell (Toronto)
  • Liliona Quarmyne (Halifax)
  • Lua Shayenne (Toronto)
  • Crazy Smooth (Ottawa)
  • Ronald A. Taylor (Toronto)
  • Lisa La Touche (Calgary)
  • Ravyn Wngz (Toronto)


Join TESSEL’s director Esie Mensah in a Bantaba artist talk and community gathering, hosted by Toronto’s Dance Immersion and moderated (in English) by Nicole Inica Hamilton.

Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM over Zoom. Participation is free. Learn more and register.

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    June 10, 2021 4:30 PM
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    June 10, 2021 6:00 PM
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